Edward Atkin

Game development, coding, old games and indie games

Super Quick Website Update

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything on this website for quite a while.

That’s because my plans have been chopping and changing quite a lot over the past few months. I’ve been planning on a big website overhaul at some point in future but just haven’t done it yet.

Here’s a quick update on how everything’s going (I’m not actually sure this website has any regular readers, but just incase).

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Lego City Undercover

I’m a huge fan of the series of Lego games made by Travellers Tales. Although they’re all a bit samey, they never really seem to get old for me. Running around smashing stuff, beating the game, then going back and unlocking everything to 100% the game is all so much fun. I’ve played a few of the big IPs – Harry Potter, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Jurassic Park – but Lego City is the first original Lego game made. After playing it through, I can confirm Lego City: Undercover is now my favourite Lego game.

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Endoparasitic, An Interesting Indie Game You Probably Missed.

Initially made for Ludum Dare 48 this game most likely went unnoticed by a lot of the people reading this.

Drag or die… Your choice.

The first thing you will noticed about this game is the unique movement system of dragging your sorry body around. You’ve been infected with a parasite and unfortunately you’ve also been partially devoured. If you don’t drag your way out of this situation while injecting yourself with what I am dubbing “fix me juice” then you will die. Full stop. However if you have the guts, or are okay with the lack there of, then you need to play this.

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Lone Fungus: An Indie Metroidvania You Don’t Want to Miss!

My New Favorite Mushroom

Lone Fungus first really grabbed my attention after I saw a post on Reddit and right from the get go I was curious. I quickly found out it had a demo and immediately hopped into it. The demo is a small piece of the developer’s vision for Lone Fungus, spanning the first area with some of the relics available as well as two bosses. Even with what’s available though there is so much to get excited about here. With only 4 days remaining on their Kickstarter (at time of writing) and Basti, the developer behind Lone Fungus, being so close to his goal I really wanted to try and raise awareness of my new favorite mushroom in gaming.


UPDATEThe game has successfully been funded! Congratulations to Basti!

So close my Mush Bud, so close!
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The Original Xbox is Slowly Dying Out

When I was about 8 years old I was obsessed with getting an Xbox. I really liked playing with computers, and hence, using Windows, so I assumed Microsoft were amazing and must have made a really cool games console. I spent ages browsing Amazon, looking at all the sweet games I could get. I thought Blinx the Time Sweeper, the failed mascot of Xbox, looked like the absolutely coolest thing. I also really wanted Midtown Madness 3, because I loved Midtown Madness 1 & 2!

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King’s Quest I: Quest for the Crown

King’s Quest I: Quest for the Crown is a classic and well regarded adventure game from the early 80s. It went on to spawn several sequels, remakes and reboots and it’s still well-remembered after nearly 40 years.

The Original King’s Quest

The original game features keyboard controls and text input to tell our hero what to do. Although this version is available on GOG, most people don’t recommend playing it unless it’s a game from your childhood.

There’s some dated game design choices in the original game – instead of a more usual point and click interface, you have to type in commands to perform actions. There’s also a lot of “dead ends” where the player may miss an item and make the game impossible to complete.

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Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly was the fourth entry into the Spyro series. When I was a kid I was really into the previous instalments, so I was super excited to try it out. I headed to Blockbuster with my mum and rented it. Thankfully, I did not buy it. Even as a kid I could tell this game just wasn’t really…right.

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly has quite a reputation for being a bad game, and is thought to be the downfall of Spyro.

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition is a remake of the classic point and click adventure by LucasArts. It replaced the old, low resolution pixel art with amazing painted scenes and hand-drawn characters based on original concept art.

The game also has some quality of life improvements, such as the saviour of frustrated point and click adventurers – a hint system. This is my first time playing, or even seeing, a Monkey Island game. I can safely say this is a very strong start to the series of games and I’m now playing through the fourth game in the series.

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Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled is a remake of the PS1 game, Crash Team Racing. I haven’t spent much time with the original Crash Team Racing, I went through adventure mode once and then moved on, so most of the remake is new to me. I was completely unaware of how much depth there is to this game and how high the skill cap is.

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